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Officials, lawmakers object to mobile calls on aircraft

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Officials, lawmakers object to mobile calls on aircraft

Three U.S. government agencies raised safety concerns yesterday about efforts to allow mobile phone calls on airplanes in flight, with law enforcement officials saying high-power mobile systems could allow terrorists to better coordinate their efforts with cohorts on the ground.

Representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security told a House of Representatives subcommittee that wireless systems now being tested by two airlines could give terrorists a reliable link to friends on the ground, and mobile phones could be used by terrorists to remotely set off bombs on airplanes.

Read the complete story. (ComputerWorld)